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Hong Kong Dining, Foods, Restaurants, Shops, Tips

You can't talk about Hong Kong without talking about the food as it's such an integral part of the culture. Hong Kong is known as the 'culinary capital of Asia', and as the place where the eating cultures of East and West meet. The sheer range on offer is impressive in itself, with more than 11,000 restaurants to choose from.

Dining in Hong Kong

Hong Kong recently became only the second Asian city to be awarded its own Michelin Guide. If that wasn't enough of a reason to visit, the city has also just waived the alcohol duty. There has never been a better time to come and take part in the Hong Kong Food and Wine Year, launched by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. The festivities include a spectacular Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival to be held from the end of October to early November. There are food and beverage offers and promotions in popular dining areas all year round, which will be downloadable from our dedicated website, HKFoodandWineYear.com, packed with essential information. Don't miss the chance to recognize Hong Kong's rich gastronomic heritage by celebrating with a sparkling array of events throughout the year.

Dining in Hong Kong

Dining Tips

1. Hong Kongers love to eat out. Popular restaurants are usually packed with customers during lunch and dinner. In this guidebook, you will find that some restaurants accept reservations. We encourage you to do just that.

2. Casual wear is acceptable in most eating-places featuredin this guidebook. For some upscale restaurants or thosein hotels, please check the dress code upon reservation. As most premises are air-conditioned, you might need a light sweater or jacket.

3. In Chinese restaurants, it is common for waiters to automatically bring tea, condiments and non-ordered snacks that will be charged to your bill. For enquiries, please cheek with the restaurant in advance.

4. Smoking is prohibited in all public indoor places including all restaurant premises in accordance with the Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance. No person shall smoke or carry a lighted cigarette in designated no smoking areas. Any person who smokes or carries a lighted cigarette, cigar, or pipe in a statutory no smoking area commits an offence and is liable on stmmary conviction to a maximum fine of HK?5,000.

5. Occasionally, you may see someone selling food from a street cart. Please note that many of these street carts are not licensed to operate and the food is often unhygienic.

6. Most restaurants automatically ass 10% to the bill and this is normally specified on the menu. If there is no service charge, you might offer as suitable amount to express your appreciation. For any enquiries, please check with the restaurant.

7. Most Hong Kong restaurants accept credit cards. However, some of the old-style restaurants may not accept credit cards. Please bring enough cash with you.

8. Keep your receipt for checking with your credit card issuer for further details.

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